Jack Rubak, Ed.D.
passed away June 16, 2014. Dr. Rubak was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 18, 1929 to Lillian and Hyman Rubak. A lifelong educator, he graduated from New Utrecht High School, New York, earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and M.A. degrees from both Columbia and New York universities. He went on to earn a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University.After serving in the U.S. Army as an Education Specialist in Washington, DC, he joined the Oral Communications Department of the Army Information School at Ft. Slocum, NY. In 1963, this school joined with other service schools to become the Defense Information School (DINFOS) providing education and training in journalism, broadcasting and public affairs to all of the military services. Jack moved with DINFOS to Ft. Benjamin Harrison in 1965 as the school's education adviser, and retired from DINFOS in 1996 as the Dean of Academic Affairs when the school relocated to Ft. Meade, MD. Dr. Rubak played a significant role in the training of more than 48,000 journalists, photojournalists, broadcasters and public affairs specialists for all of the military services and the federal government.
Named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana, a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky, and listed in Who's Who in American Education and Public Relations, Dr. Rubak was actively involved in leadership roles in educational and volunteer organizations including: the Ball State University's Journalism Advisory Council, the Indianapolis Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Federal Executive Association, and the Downtown Indianapolis Optimist Club. In 1989, he was appointed President of the DINFOS Alumni Association, which, under his leadership, grew over the years. In 1994, in recognition of his devoted leadership, he was inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame. An accomplished public speaker, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with hundreds of high school students competing in the American Legion's National High School Oratorical Contest and the Downtown Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest.Upon his retirement from DINFOS in 1996, he worked five years as Training Director of the Institute for Forensic Imaging at IUPUI, and in 2001, became an Adjunct Speech Instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. He retired from Ivy Tech in 2009, and continued his activities as Education Foundation Representative for Phi Delta Kappa, his involvement in the DINFOS Alumni Association, and served as the photographer for the Optimist Club.He is survived by his daughter, Carol and son-in-law, Carlo Guttierez; granddaughters, Vanessa, Jennifer and Cristina; and grandson, Eric. Also, great grandchildren, Sofia, Owen, Ian, Stella, Andrew and Avery. He also leaves two nephews, Dan and Dr. Abbie Brown; and countless friends and colleagues fortunate to have known him. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stephen; and sister, Shirley Brown.Dr. Jack Rubak will be laid to rest in the Field of Valor at Crown Hill Cemetery on Thursday, June 18, with calling from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at 2:45. Arrangements: Crown Hill Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.crownhill.org
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